IOMP School Webinar: Safety Blinded or Safety Minded – Don’t Learn Safety by Accident

January 9, 2023

Safety Blinded or Safety Minded – Don’t Learn Safety by Accident

Monday, 23rd January 2023 at 12 pm GMT; Duration 1 hour

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NEW: CME/CPD credit point shall be awarded for participation in the webinar in full.

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Speaker: Chris Trauernicht, President of FAMPO

Chris Trauernicht is the head of the medical physics division at Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa, as well as an associate professor at Stellenbosch University. He is the current president of the Federation of African Medical Physics Organizations (FAMPO) and currently serves on the IOMP Accreditation Board.

Chris has north of 150 congress contributions and 30 papers, and he is a member of the editorial boards of “Advances in Radiation Oncology” and the “South African Journal of Oncology”.

He serves as an assessor for the Health Professions Council of South Africa and has acted as examiner and convenor for the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa. The IAEA has appointed Chris as an expert on numerous occasions, including on the implementation of the Basic Safety Series for medical professionals, on the prevention of accidents and incidents in radiotherapy, and most recently on a regional training course to train the trainers in radiation safety culture (hence the idea for this talk).

Chris was the recipient of the 2020 “International Day of Medical Physics” award for his services to medical physics in the FAMPO region.


Should have, would have, could have… many healthcare professionals may be familiar with that sinking feeling when a preventable incident has slipped through the safety net and reached the patient. The incorporation of safety culture in healthcare can help prevent many adverse incidents and events.

Safety culture can be defined as “the assembly of characteristics and attitudes in organizations and individuals which establishes that, as an overriding priority, protection and safety issues receive the attention warranted by their significance”. In fact, the Bonn Call for Action specifically proposed the strengthening of radiation safety culture as one of its ten main actions.

In 2021, the International Atomic Energy Agency published a booklet on safety culture traits and proposed ten traits – patterns of behaviour or thinking – that encourage the prioritization of safety.

The implementation of these traits is free, yet many systems fail to apply these characteristics effectively. In this talk a brief overview of the ten traits is given. The application of these will improve your institution’s safety culture.

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